Marian part of a new coalition aimed at eliminating the stigma of mental illness

May 12, 2014

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University is proud to be part of a new coalition, Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE), which is working to remove the stigma of mental illness, one story at a time.

In its 18 months of existence, WISE has united more than 25 organizations, as well as individuals from around Wisconsin, to do what they believe works best to eliminate stigma – support those who have found recovery to share their stories of hope. 

The new group is utilizing the month of May, which has been designated Mental Health Month, as an opportunity to discuss the power of sharing their mental health stories with the residents of Wisconsin.

“Mental illnesses are far more common than many think. They impact our friends, family and co-workers.  And, many feel they have to keep their challenges a secret, as if something to feel shame about,” said Dr. Janet McCord, director of the thanatology program at Marian. “As a result, this stigma has led to further isolation and despair, rather than early access to the many options available to support recovery and create hope.”

For more information on WISE or to read stories about inspiring individuals living with a mental illness, visit